Hell of a Gal: My Dear Killer (1972)

Published May 28, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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(Hell of a Gal explores the films of the ever luscious Euro Vixen Helga Line.)

It’s always nice to introduce a new color into one’s wardrobe for hire. In fact, even the irreproachable Helga Liné turned her back on the villainous seductresses and medieval monsters that she was best known for with her appearance in the rock solid giallo My Dear Killer.MDK1

As the confused (yet surprisingly calm) Mrs. Paradisi, Liné does her best to assist George Hilton’s determined detective as he investigates the brutal murder of her common law husband. Adding glimmers of humor and classic world weariness to their conversations, our deductive damsel eventually sets out to retrieve a clue from a post box that may provide the identity of the killer. Alas, even though she is surrounded by other customers, Liné is strangled to death by a quick moving assailant, allowing the film’s mysteries to proceed to full boil.

Hilton’s Inspector Peretti soon realizes that Mr. Paradisi had discovered the identity of the killer of a young girl and her father in a kidnapping scenario gone wrong and he is soon giving investigative chase to others who may lead him to the murderer. Naturally, each meets a particularly gruesome end. Especially notable is the savage annihilation of the young girl’s former school teacher, played with saucy bravado by gorgeous Euro-regular Patty Shepard.

MDK2What is, perhaps, most notable about this entry, though, is director Tonino Valerii’s hard boiled take. He provides a slightly more realistic edge to the film’s outrageous acts of violence and twisted turns of plot, setting My Dear Killer a step or two above other black gloved entries of that era. Nicely, his efforts gave Hilton, best known then for sex comedies, a new lease on life, career-wise, and, even more importantly for viewers such as myself, allowed the world to see an established actress like Liné in an entirely different light.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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Review: Mike Mother

Published May 27, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Add a dash of Joyce Carol Oates style mystery to the Neo-Futurists’ regular blend of theater games, performance art and personal story telling and you’ve got a good take on their current production, Mike Mother. Not surprisingly, the title’s close parallel to Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘night, Mother is also explored in full measure by writer-performer Jessica Anne who, simultaneously, seems to embrace and mock that popular play as she explores her own relationship with her mother here.

That relationship is surrounded by death and deception and, even though the Neo-Futurists are noted for their truthful accounting, the show’s primary strength lies in the gothic vagaries involved with this particular story. As Jessica Anne admits, with a smirk, she’s “evolved” and one is never quite sure what is fantasy or fact here – a tantalizing proposition that allows the piece to stick in your mind for days afterward.

Granted, the final moments involve a bit more self-indulgent introspection than most Neo-Futurists shows, but Jessica Anne still emerges as one of the most interesting performers in the Chicago theater scene. She is ably backed up by actor Mike Hamilton, the Mike of the title, as they explore her past and invite an audience member or two on the stage to share theirs, as well. Director Josh Matthews and scenic designer Erik Newman also contribute, grandly, with specific focus applied to the production’s centerpiece, a beautiful white bathtub, which is used to splashy effect here.

Mike Mother runs through June 4th at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland in Chicago. Further information is available at www.neofuturists.org.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Connie Stevens

Published May 22, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Someone lend this lady a comb! The delicious Connie Stevens has been knocking fans cold for generations. But, while afternoon movie lovers have thrilled to her screams in the 1965 drive-in classic Two on a Guillotine for decades now, many may not realize that Stevens, who also graced an existential episode of Tales from the Darkside, was also a chart topping teen, renowned for such hits as Sixteen Reasons. The re-release of her take on The Hank Williams Songbook also garnered positive vibes from the hardcore alt-country crowd, in recent years.

Here, her sweet and sensual take on I Couldn’t Say No, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, could apply to everything from that swarthy thug on the street to that irresistible carton of chocolate dabbed donuts at midnight. Enjoy!

Meanwhile, Connie is always merely a cricket’s chirp away at www.conniestevens.com.

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The Kold Killer Files

Published May 19, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Horror fans are always hungry for new content. Therefore, a free YouTube series like The Kold Killer Files is always welcome.

Be sure to check out the brand new trailer for the series and to subscribe to the official channel to get your fill of all sorts of macabre goodies in the near future.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Hoyt Axton

Published May 16, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Decades before he entered an entire generation’s collective heart as the slightly flummoxed American benefactor of Gizmo in Gremlins, Hoyt Axton was already hanging out with the cool kids. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, was the co-writer of the popular Elvis number Heartbreak Hotel and, as a beloved songwriter and singer in his own right, his songs were covered by such personalities as Cher, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Three Dog Night.

Axton, whose other horror credits include Retribution and Buried Alive, was even joined by Linda Ronstadt on the beautiful and heart breaking Lion in the Winter, which was featured on his popular 1975 A & M album, Southbound.

Pretty enough to make a Mogwai cry, no?

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Clemency for David Barren

Published May 14, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Truth: One of my biggest fears is the thought of being locked up in prison for something I didn’t do or for some unimaginably minor offense.

Therefore, I just had to sign the petition for clemency for David Barren, a man given life for a drug conspiracy charge. If you’re someone else who feels a bit of a twinge whenever a cop car slows down in your vicinity or feels compelled towards simple human justice, you might want to take a look at the petition and sign it, yourself.

https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-clemency-for-david-m-barren-serving-life-without-parole-for-a-non-violent-drug-offense

Thanks in advance, and as always, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Screaming Queenz Podcast

Published May 13, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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You can gasp. You can shout. You can even loudly exclaim, but please leave the shrieking up to Screaming Queenz Podcast, the latest entry in horror talk with a homosexual bent. Described as “three gay guys and a token straight boy taking on the horror genre with a queer eye on the camp, the trashy and the downright scary”, this new audio adventure already has 9 episodes available for downloading.

Be sure to check them out here:

http://screamingqueenz.podbean.com/

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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